The upcoming Human Rights Conference at Webster University, which this year focuses on the rights of those with disabilities, will feature a special free dance concert from Webster University alumna Joan Lipkin‘s DisAbility Project and former Webster visiting professor Jen Medina‘s Common Thread Dance Company.
The performance represents an unprecedented collaboration between the two celebrated, creative St. Louis arts organizations. The DisAbility Project and Common Thread collaborated to choreograph and perform “One World,” which combines personal narrative, stats, rap, poetry, dance and movement — and even a nod to Lady Gaga — to look at disability experience in the U.S. and abroad.
“We are delighted to partner with choreographer Jennifer Medina and perform at this important conference and add a different kind of dialogue in conjunction with so many significant disability rights leaders, ” said Lipkin, the 1975 Webster graduate and past Outstanding Alumni Award winner who is co-founder and artistic director of the award-winning DisAbility Project. “To perform at Webster, from which I am a proud alum, always feels like coming home.”
The performance takes place in the East Academic Building 253/262 (545 Garden Ave.) from 4 – 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, immediately following the conference’s roundtable discussion and directly before Chen Guangcheng’s address.
“We’re looking forward to seeing this in the East Academic Building, demonstrating a creative reuse of our buildings that even the architect couldn’t possibly have imagined,” said Warren Rosenblum, one of the project’s organizers and an associate professor of history in Webster’s College of Arts & Sciences.
On the Air Friday, Oct. 4
Lipkin and Medina will discuss the upcoming performance Oct. 4 on KWMU radio’s (90.7 FM or online here) “Cityscape” program, which airs live from noon to 1 p.m. and repeats at 10 p.m.